NO: Can you tell our readers about a little yourself?
LAKEISHA: My name is Lakeisha Whipple, I am a wife and mother of 3 children ( 9yr old twin daughters and a 13 yr old son). I have been employed with the Department of Defense for over 15yrs. I began singing at the age of 4, “Greatest Love of All” being the first song I ever sang. I never took singing serious until the age of 19, when I shopped my first DEMO to Arista Records. Although, I was ready to get signed, I gave up on my dream because I did not agree with the music industry ethics at that time. A couple years later, I auditioned for American Idol. After the birth of my children, I allowed my weight gain to stand in the way of what I loved to do, however, I have now learned to embrace my curves.
NO: Can you give me 6 words the best describe yourself?
LAKEISHA: Strong, Independent, Considerate, Family-oriented, Driven,Sociable
NO: This August we’re celebrating music and entertainment. How important do you feel music is to the black culture?
LAKEISHA: I feel music is important to the black culture/community because It allows us to express our feelings and creativity, bringing us together. and building relationships. Music is part of the foundation of the black community, we have touched on every genres of music. It has also has become a part of ones guide to freedom and their healing process.
NO: What do you admired about your group members individually?
LAKEISHA: What I admire is each individual brings something different (creativity) to the table. We all know each others strengths and weaknesses.
NO: What female groups have influenced you?
LAKEISHA: The female groups that have influenced me: EnVouge, Xscape, SWV, Destiny Child, The Emotions, CHIC, The Shirelles, The Pointer Sisters and Dixie Chicks
NO: How can more women celebrate their kurves this summer?
LAKEISHA: More women can learn to celebrate their kurves this summer by learning what extenuates their kurves (know your body type).
NO: What can we do more as an industry to advocate more woman embracing their bodies and loving them without the pressure of the social media?
LAKEISHA: Start publishing more articles with plus size models. The more a person see it, the more they will realize it’s normal.
NO: What is the one thing you would tell a young girl looking in the mirror who is having a hard time loving her kurves?
LAKEISHA: The one thing i would tell a young girl having a hard time loving her kurves: Don’t worry about what others say. No matter you look like, your shape, size, or shade learn to embrace your kurves. Being CONFIDENT is SEXY.
NO: What is your meaning of a “Luxe Beautie?”
LAKEISHA: Luxe Beautie to me can be defined as a Luxurious confident woman, who is comfortable in her skin. No matter what if a smaller woman can rock an outfit, know that a Kurvey woman can too.
NO: What do you want your legacy to be?
LAKEISHA:What I want my Legacy to be: I never really gave it too much thought.
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